Bulova 1947 His Excellency

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1947 His Excellency "DD"

[field_year-1947] Bulova watch1947
[field_year-1947] Bulova watch
[field_year-1947] Bulova watch
Bulova Watch advert
Posted October 26, 2018 - 9:26pm

Bulova His Excellency is correct, but the pink gold variant might have been given a different variant. I'm looking to see if I can find any reference.

Posted October 27, 2018 - 7:24am

The 'DD' variant had lugs that were straight, without the subtle curve this case's lugs have. This case is more in line with the SS variant; rose gold was the 'TT' variant, but dial configuration is different.

His Excellency 'TT', tentative id due to different dial


Geoff Baker
Posted October 27, 2018 - 9:46am

Definitely not the DD, I'm tentative on the TT as well.

1947 Bulova His Excellency TT (tentative)

Posted October 27, 2018 - 8:55pm

Gents where did the "TT" variant come from?

Posted October 27, 2018 - 11:12pm

Agreed the lugs differ from the "DD" .Softer lines without the angles on sides.

I question "TT" due to dial difference. "SS" (yellow) had a fully numbered dial. It would be assumed that  "TT"  (red) had the same dial as "SS" due to being described as a "SS" available in Red" in the ads. Subject watch is even numbers only like the "DD".

In photos it appears to be yellow gold. If that is the case, it has had the dial refinished. Numbers appear to be silver? 

MGD001, can you verify is the dial brown, copper or black? Are the numbers on dial gold or silver colored? Is casing yellow or red (pink) gold?

It's a 1947 His Excellency, but I hesitate to commit to a variant. It doesn't seem to match any in the Db or ads besides one example with a lighter colored dial in the generic HE group.


Posted October 28, 2018 - 5:50pm


These are in natural light. It looks to me as the case is yellow gold, the face is faded red or brownish, the numbers are silver and the hands are either blue or black, the second hand looks faded.


I hope these pictures help to identify it better for you.

Posted October 28, 2018 - 6:34pm

Based on the new photos and info, my gut feeling is that it's a marriage of parts with  a refinished non-Bulova colored dial; It appears that there is a tiny bit of "overspray" on  the inside edge of the "8". Dial may be original Bulova color (but should be paired with a rose gold case.) The vast majority of gold cased watches have gold dial markers. I'm puzzled by this one.

Nothing negative, it's a cool watch and an attractive job, however ID'ing it as a Bulova model is tough.

I may be wrong, but think this one falls into the non-conforming catagory. It could be a yet to be identified variant, but colors don't seem to match the Bulova norm. Wear it and enjoy it.

It's a toss up for me - either

1947 Excellency no variant noting possible non standard replacement dial and hands; or

1947 non-conforming

I'm leaning towards non-conforming

Geoff Baker
Posted November 3, 2018 - 7:17am

Panel  can we get a final tally on this one?

1947 Bulova His Excellency - Slightly tentative on TT 

Posted November 3, 2018 - 7:24am

Case is yellow, so "TT" seems unlikely.

1947 HE no variant noting dial replacement or refinish ; or non-conforming (potential marriage).